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mahAchatuHShaShTikoTiyoginIgaNasevitA

 

There are several lists of chatuHShaShTi yoginI-s used during worship.

1. The popular list includes divyayogA, mahAyogA, siddhayogA, maheshvarI etc. These are the yoginIs generally invoked during yoginI and bhairava balidAna. Specifically, these are described as yoginIs associated with durgA.

2. For worshippers of kAlikA traya (guhyakAlikA, kAmakalA kAlikA, kAdividyeshvarI lalitA) the list of yoginIs is different: devI, divyayoginI, dhUrjaTinI, dhUmrAkShI etc.

3. The sixty-four shrIkula yoginIs to be worshipped in the shrIchakra during the pancha mahAparvas are different and are indicated by the name mahAchatuHShaShTikoTiyoginIgaNasevitA, where brAhmI and the other seven mAtR^ikA shaktis each have eight yoginIs, and each of these anga yoginIs are served by a crore yoginis, thus resulting in 64 crore yoginIs. Also, the word mahA denotes a multiplication factor of nine: 9 X 64 = 576 -> 5 abja, 7 arbuda and 6 koTi yoginI shaktis. The specific list of yoginIs which represents this saMkhyA includes: brahmANI, chaNDikA, raudrI, gaurI, indrANI, kaumArI, vaiShNavI, durgA, nArasiMhI etc. While the first list we spoke lists the yoginIs serving durgA, durgA herself is a yoginI in this list and the nAyikA of a group of eight named durgAShTaka.

4. The other popular list of sixty-four yoginIs invoked during the worship of dakShiNA kAlI and other kAlI kula devatAs (especially in the turIya yAma pUjA on the day of pUrNAbhiSheka for the follower of panchadevatA vidhi) includes: vijayA, jayA, jayantI, aparAjitA etc. These are the yoginIs generally invoked during mahAyoginI homa or shakti homa.

5. In the parAshoDashI and guhyaShoDashI kramas, the list of sixty-four yoginIs invoked in the bhUpuratraya of the ShoDashAvaraNa chakra includes: shrIvidyA, shuddhavidyA, bagalA, indrAkShI, daNDinI, vArAhI, shuddhavArAhI, svapnavArAhI, vAgIshvarI, saMvit-tripurA etc. These are known as the tripurA or sundarI yoginIs adopted into the fold of nirvanasundarI krama from hAdi vidyA-vR^ikSha.